Unconferences don't happen without people. Both those interested in being part of the event, and those giving their time to making it happen. Many hands have helped in the past two journeys...
Nostr feels like a constant Work-In-Progress, nostr.world unconferences are no different. At every leg of the journey, we learn where to improve and how to make your overall experience better.
Wherever nostr.world goes next should encourage enriching cultural experiences as we join like-minded individuals shaping freedom technologies in challenging landscapes. Nostr.world is on a natural path toward more openness. As we look into improving our processes and creating clearer paths for you to get involved, it is a good time to thank all those who participated and helped make Nostrasia a reality...many more than I mention here. Please know that your contributions always make a difference, and they always guide us on the paths forward.
5 elements of Nostrasia
What is a conference without strong programming attuned to current developments within FOSS communities? A community wide effort, led by @npub1j8y…vrvg , and supported by so many others. Thank you to all who suggested topics and to every speaker who took up the mic to let your voice be heard.
A computer programmer by heart and trade, @npub1j8y…vrvg's background gives him the inner know-how of the kind of agenda programming happening, as nostr grows. He knows the faces behind nostr clients, but you may not know his face. He cares deeply about privacy, so when you see him, he's often shielded behind his hat, dark glasses and bandana. He'll be leading the way for an open community-built-agenda for the next unconference. 🙌
Programming must reach the audience through AV and have a permanent home in nostr.world's library. What is also permanent, aside from his love of cats 🐱, is @npub1pap…8t4n's friendly face and clear strong voice guiding you through the process of setting up your talk. As he puts it: "Want to do an unscheduled demo of an ASIC miner in the middle of the jungle?" He's got your back. He's also the reason why you can watch and replay the best moments, along with everyone who has helped with AV, including @npub1tle…scdf @npub1fdh…glhr
Have a favorite talk?
Unconferences connect people, not just within the conference, but within #nostr. @npub1y67…q62h helps connect people through her social media and @npub19md…6vzk skills matched with a little #unmarketing magic (term coined by @npub1h50…rqev ) for the @npub1nst…rg5l nostr.
Special thanks to @npub18am…p424 for keeping watch in virtual, @npub1rpe…2et2 and @npub1csa…z4x9 for support. Thank you to everyone who shared or commented on nostrasia. 🤙
We live in a world filled to the brim with creativity. We see it in the nostr protocol and its many clients, each catering to their niche audiences in hopes of encouraging deeper human connections.
The glue between those connections is often the job of design. We see it in UX/UI improvements. We see it in the possibilities of shaping details at conferences. We get it in that "aha" moment where you understand why something was built and why it matters.
Design can create an atmosphere so conversations can happen. Its many mediums from websites to t-shirts can build bonds and tell stories. It can represent ideas in simple ways so people can understand and identify with their meaning. I'm hoping we can expand on building bridges between art, music, education, and freedom.
What could improve your nostr.world experience?
What elements did you love at #nostrica and #nostrasia?
Special thanks to @npub1gwa…a2sz, @npub1fnn…4xnx, Mr. E ( @npub1h50…rqev @npub1xts…kk5s) and @npub12hc…rdp4, you remind me of the importance of having clearer ways to embrace community talent. I'm looking forward to adding the contributions you gave us unto nostr.world. Grateful for the time you took for #nostrasia.
Thank you to @npub1afn…qdtu and @npub15f3…qrap who remind me of the sharing of knowledge across generations. Some of the planning and items designed for these unconferences need to become open assets so anyone can have a foundation to design their own meetups.
Bringing it all together. Logistics is a complex process, bringing together a wide range of elements in need of two forces:
- A 360 view
@npub16vr…p2va brings in discernment and an eye for detail, as well as an atmosphere of support and encouragement when and where it is most needed.
-An on-the-ground force
@npub1p2a…hhru @npub1ejx…t3tv Misa & @npub1cd6…w96r were the leaders on the ground, bringing volunteers together for numerous tasks, but also encouraging local culture and paying attention to the long to-do-list. hugs.
Forever grateful for @npub1sg6…f63m's continued support, idea generation and example toward a free, open, and decentralized future.
Nostr does not stand alone as an open protocol. It is not a silo. It has always been an open network. Its foundational principles are a core strength, drawing-in people whom understand and appreciate them: Freedom tech lovers.
Those who understand the ethical principles behind bitcoin, encryption, private communication, decentralized identity, self-sovereignty... appreciate nostr's core of freedom of expression with choice and control back in the hands of the individual. #protocolsoverplatforms
@npub1sg6…f63m brought up a good point during Nostrasia's closing remarks; as we look beyond #Nostrasia, nostr.world conferences can encompass more than nostr...diving deeper into a #freedom foundation. To look beyond the Nostr can mean strengthening and forging new community bonds while taking in a 360 view of freedom and the freedom technologies surrounding it. We may discover new avenues for these technologies to interact and support each other, while empowering people across the globe. We can reimagine what it means to be free.
Nostr's already shaping new ways of freeing content creators, interacting with the bitcoin network through zaps. Private communication developers, like @npub1exv…d828 are looking into ways of extending each other's network effects by adding value to people’s communication layers. By bridging different technologies with overlapping values and principles, can we help make a stronger support net for freedom?
Human beings have fought for their freedom throughout history. As our world evolves, the freedoms we need evolve with us. Technology has opened new doors to individual empowerment, but technology is a tool, guided by the hands of its creators. Technology can be used to free and empower people, but it can also give power to a few who exercise centralized control, often through unethical practices.
To be free 2:
HODL our keys
control our social media experience
use private decentralized communication + money #bitcoinostr
control our data
be self sovereign
get zapped for our content
To be free from:
deplatforming yet able to mute
irresponsible data gathering practices
people as products
honey pots and single points of failure
censorship yet able to choose who and what we follow
forced centralization without choice
algorithms without choice
What's your #Free2FreeFrom list?
Fellow nostriches love freedom tech, hence the love for #nostr.
Every step we take builds unto many before it. Within FOSS communities, those foundational steps are the efforts of a larger network. Nostr.world unconferences stand on the shoulders of giants.
@fiatjaf shaping Nostr's protocol...
The nostr community efforts leading to the Nostr protocol support, expansion, understanding, and adoption...
@jack giving supportive grounds and visibility, along with the journey into nostr.world unconferences...
An array of volunteers giving nostr.world a real world place for nostriches from across the globe to gather ideas and turn them into real world empowering technologies…
#Nostrica allowed us to gather in the midst of the Costa Rican jungle, by the ocean, discovering a bitcoin circular economy. #Nostrasia took us to the contrasting and bustling cities of Tokyo and Hong Kong, where we embraced Wabi Sabi, 1000 cranes, the balance of Yin & Yang...
Contrasting places create unique atmospheres for networking and exchanging information. We can compound on each other's efforts and open up the possibilities for new ideas to sprout. Nostr.world has meant immersion into different cultural contexts, emerging with stronger bonds connecting us as humans and freedom lovers.